A new book is receiving notice from a variety of higher education media outlets.
What Excellent Community Colleges Do is by Joshua S. Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, which "aims to strengthen practice and develop leadership that substantially improve college student success." Here is a list of the institute's board members, which is quite impressive. The publication will be taken more seriously than the average educational treatise.
The book is published by Harvard Education Press. Here's the official promotion, with more details.
What might catch the eye of Texas community college educators is the blurb in praise of the book by Davis Jenkins, senior research associate of the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Jenkins was a featured speaker during the recent TCCTA annual convention in San Antonio.
Here is what Dr. Jenkins says about What Excellent Community Colleges Do:
Joshua Wyner reminds us that the community college success agenda needs to be about more than increasing the number of credentials awarded. He shows how, with bold leadership—and enough time—a select group of colleges have transformed themselves in ways that not only increase graduation rates, but improve student learning and success in further education and employment, all while keeping an ‘open door’ to every student.
Dr. Jenkins' remarks were well-received during the TCCTA convention by faculty members, so his opinion on the book may resonate out there on two-year college campuses.
Teachers are invariably on the team for improving student success, but are often concerned about maintaining standards and academic integrity, especially with the advent of outcomes-based funding. What Excellent Community Colleges Do is worth a look, at least for sharing and discussion.
So much can be done to help students succeed before they register.